Child Abduction and the News Media

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For the past few weeks, local stories of child abduction and murder have received saturation coverage on national cable and TV news. Danielle Van Dam, Elizabeth Smart and Samantha Runnion--three tiny, helpless victims of abduction and murder, have all become household names. But, at what point does public service turn into exploitation? While law enforcement credits the media for helping solve such heinous crimes, others claim that saturation coverage creates unjustified anxiety, causing parents to lose perspective and divert attention from more immediate dangers. We hear more from a USC sociologist, child advocates from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Children Now, and MSNBC TV-host Jerry Nachman.
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